The manual segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 60.9% in 2020. There is a high demand for manual wheelchairs around the globe due to affordability, lightweight, and non-dependability on charging. Also, they come in a variety of configurations and weights, from standard to ultra-lightweight, require little space as a lot of the models with foldable options.
In 2019, Permobil, a leading player in advanced medical technology, launched SmartDrive PushTracker E2, an advanced power assist system for manual wheelchairs. The system significantly increases users' ability to move on uneven surfaces and aids in preventing shoulder strain injuries. Such add-on to manual wheelchair models is expected to maintain the market size for these over the forecast period.
Electric wheelchairs provide increased independence to the user owing to its ease of usage and ability to travel for longer distances without fatigue. These wheelchairs are ideal for users having no upper body strength. Electric wheelchairs are more popular in developed countries such as the U.S. owing to the availability of advanced healthcare facilities. In July 2020, Scewo, a Swiss-based company amidst the pandemic launched Scewo Bro, an electric wheelchair that can climb up and down the stairs independently and smoothly. The device is, for now, available in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Wheelchairs may witness some competition by other mobility aids such as walkers and cranes etc., however with growing age, all individuals eventually shift to wheelchairs as the most suited option.
The adults segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 69.4% in 2020. The segment is projected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. This is mainly due to the increasing elderly population globally, which forms part of the definition for adults. Adults comprise of individuals from the age group of 18 onwards. Disability in older people due to arthritis pain, or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle, or foot increases the demand for wheelchairs.
The pediatric segment is also expected to grow significantly owing to the growing number of childhood disorders such as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is one of the most common movement disorders that require wheelchairs. According to the Cerebral Palsy Guidance, over 10, 000 babies in the U.S. are born with this disorder each year. It is the most commonly diagnosed childhood motor disability in the U.S. Thus, pediatric segment is expected to be a key revenue generator for wheelchair manufacturers in the years to come.
The rehabilitation centers segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 34.4% in 2020. The segment is projected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. The hospital segment is also projected to grow rapidly owing to the increasing medical emergencies that require wheelchairs.
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